a film photography project, now what?

This sounded like a great idea the first week of January… new year, new beginnings, new resolution to break… ummm… wait! That is not what I want to accomplish.

What is the point of doing something if you are not going to finish it? This maybe needs some planning. YUCK! I hate planning anything with photography… mostly because I shoot whatever is at hand and sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Many film cameras have found their way into my home, so I have lots of choices to play with. I won’t be consistent, this is supposed to be fun! Film stocks? A little of everything… 35mm, 120mm and instant film. Cheap consumer film, expired film, colour film and black & white film… I can shoot that! Theme? Uh oh…

Then there are things like camera failure, my inexperience (only been shooting film since May 2016) ¬†things like the flu, or harvest on the farm! I know I am going to miss some weeks, even on the first one. Not a great way to start is it? Maybe I should plan for those times… nah, probably won’t happen and really nobody probably cares about this but me anyway.

So after a little thought here is what I came up with:

  • don’t stress over missing a week
  • if something fails, it is not the end of the world
  • 52 rolls is the goal, there will be weeks when I might shoot two rolls!
  • stay positive
  • don’t forget to blog it (even if nobody reads it)
  • enjoy the journey
  • share my failures… I’m a hobbyist by choice
  • don’t make it complicated

Theme? See… I never answered that earlier… because I have no idea what my theme will be! I shoot my family, the farm, landscapes, just normal farm life in rural Alberta. There is nothing consistent there, but that is what I love shooting and I sure do enjoy looking at old photos and how times and our lives change.

There it is… that theme!

Document our family farm in 2018!

Create a body of work for future generations to come! Stuff like this shot from last summer! Shot with a 1938 Rolleiflex Automat and expired Portra 160, as long as I don’t shoot into the sun this old gem works very well!


If you did read this to this point and want to follow my project, a new post will be coming each Monday morning. It won’t be all writing, just a short blurb and a couple photos from that week, not the entire roll!




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